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Lady Gaga fondly remembers Tony Bennett sketching a tattoo for her: 'Always remember this time together'

Late jazz icon Tony Bennett and pop star Lady Gaga shared a bond like no other and it is proven by the story behind her tattoo sketched by Bennett.

Lady Gaga fondly remembers Tony Bennett sketching a tattoo for her: 'Always remember this time together'
Cover Image Source: Tony Bennett (L) and Lady Gaga attend Billboard Women In Music 2015 at Cipriani 42nd Street on December 11, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

Lady Gaga and late jazz maestro Tony Bennett's friendship is something that the entire music industry knew about. But most of us probably did not know about the permanent reminder that Bennett left of himself with Gaga before his death. The duo's musical friendship started over a decade ago and the "Bad Romance" singer was more than willing to get inked with a design made by her beloved friend.

Image Source:  Lady Gaga attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)
Image Source: Lady Gaga attends The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images)

According to PEOPLE, Gaga told the outlet back in 2014 that she had Bennett sketch one of her tattoos that year. "I asked Tony to draw me a trumpet, and he sketched me Miles Davis’ trumpet. Then I had it tattooed with his last name, Benedetto, underneath. Just so I would always remember this time together.”," the 37-year-old singer said. Gaga got that art tattooed on the inside of her right arm and just like that, Bennett's artistic creation permanently became a part of her. The unlikely duo had bonded for the first time at a 2011 charity gala event, where Gaga performed "Orange Colored Sky."

Image Source: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 64th annual GRAMMY awards on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Image Source: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 64th annual GRAMMY Awards on April 03, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

 

"Tony heard me sing it, and he asked to meet me," Gaga said in that particular interview. "He said, ‘Do you want to do a jazz album together?’ I said, ‘Of course I do!’ We were fast friends." Gaga stayed true to her words and they ended up releasing a jazz album titled "Cheek to Cheek" in 2014 which debuted at No.1 on the charts. It also made Bennett the oldest artist to achieve this feat at the age of 88. Sadly, Bennett's health started deteriorating after he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2016. But his ailment did not stop him from releasing a second jazz album with Gaga in 2021, titled "Love for Sale."

Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Frazer Harrison
Cover Image Source: Getty Images | Frazer Harrison

In August 2021, the jazz icon played his final two-sold-out shows with Gaga by his side at Radio City Music Hall in New York. "My time with Tony has changed me forever," Gaga famously said during the show. Bennett's demise has left a huge void in the music industry. "He taught us all that remarkable opportunities will reveal themselves and that anything is possible when you stick by your passion, believe in yourself and dedicate your life to quality," Bennett's son and manager Danny Bennett said, per the outlet. 

Image Source: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
Image Source: Lady Gaga performs onstage during the 64th Annual GRAMMY Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 03, 2022, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)

"He was an artist, a humanitarian, and an inspiration to anyone who experienced his elegance and grace. He and I experienced an amazing journey together as father and son, and I’m simply proud and humbled to have been a small part of his legacy," he added. Fans will possibly get more insight into Gaga and Bennett's friendship with the latest documentary about the duo which is set to be released by Paramount+ this September, reports Variety.

Image Source: Recording Artists Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)
Image Source: Recording Artists Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform onstage during The 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards at the STAPLES Center on February 8, 2015, in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for NARAS)

 

The documentary is reportedly titled "The Lady and The Legend" and it will feature footage of the duo recorded between 2013 and 2023 and showcase the special friendship between the two artists which started with their collaboration on the 2011 duet, "Lady is a Tramp." The documentary will also include footage of the time when he performed with Gaga on his 95th birthday while battling Alzheimer's disease and how he mentored Gaga during a difficult period of her career.

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